Posted February 15, 2018 by Vernon Trollinger
In spite of what Punxsutawney Phil says, spring really IS on its way. And at the risk of being even more controversial, it is TRUE that the days really are getting longer. That means until June 21, there’s going to be more and more daylight hours available for you to get some of those weekend energy efficiency projects done. But where to start? What are the best energy efficiency projects for you home that actually reduce your energy usage and save you money?
Posted January 31, 2018 by Ebony Porter
Gardening is a hobby that you can spend a lifetime learning about. Seasons change, seeds fail or thrive, and just when you think you know it all, you realize how much there still is to learn. Direct Energy’s Gardening Series is a follow-along guide to embrace the beauty and challenges involved in being a gardener. As a craft that requires patience, creativity, and endurance, gardening can be enjoyed by those of all ages, and is one of the most satisfying ways to spend an early morning or late afternoon. Follow along as we show you how to begin, which herbs grow the best, and other tips on how to plant a garden that will flourish under your care.
Posted January 30, 2018 by Josh Crank
The first weeks of 2018 brought winter storms and freezing temperatures to parts of the Southern U.S. that rarely see ice, forcing the closure of schools and highways across the region. But the deep freeze also wreaked havoc inside people’s homes by freezing the water inside plumbing pipes, causing them to burst.
Posted January 23, 2018 by Vernon Trollinger
If you heat your home with steam or hot water, you’re in a very select group! Most of the 113.6 million homes in the U.S. rely either on natural gas or electricity for home heating. Only 6.9 million, however, rely on steam or hot water systems and of that number 4.3 million are located in the U.S. northeast.
Posted January 18, 2018 by Vernon Trollinger
The last thing any homeowner wants it to wake up at 3AM to a freezing cold house. If your furnace shuts down during a winter like many have experienced this year, you may also face costly repairs to burst water pipes, water damage, and even mold. But what can you do? Modern gas furnaces are not only energy efficient but also far more complicated than those from the 1990s. Furnace shut-downs that might have once been caused by a dirty thermocouple now involve smart systems that auto-test combustion air inducers, electronic ignition sensors, pressure switches, and exhaust flow monitoring.
Posted January 11, 2018 by Ebony Porter
Starting the new year off with a declutter is a great way to mentally prepare for the year ahead. It’s well known that when we live among clutter, it can affect our mood and make us frustrated.